Karalyn Violeta, LMSW believes that therapy is for everyone, and that it should be a source of support, empowerment, and affirmation. Karalyn specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, personality disorders, trauma, and ADD/ADHD in both adults and children. Karalyn also has over 6 years of specialized training and expertise in working with transgender, gender-diverse, queer, lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth and adults.
Karalyn takes a holistic and humanistic approach, relating to clients as unique individuals with their own experiences, desires, and history. She customizes therapy to create a treatment approach that works for her clients. Her training is in both psychodynamic psychotherapy and evidence-based methods such as cognitive behavioral, cognitive processing, and mindfulness-based therapies. Within her work with children and adolescents she also incorporates cognitive behavioral and dynamic play-oriented approaches to address difficulties with mood, behavior, and motivation.
She competed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at CUNY Brooklyn College, and her Master of Social Work degree at New York University. She has completed two years of post-masters training and 300+ hours of supervision in psychodynamic psychotherapy, specifically working with LGBTQ clients. She is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and serves on the Executive Committee at ICP's Psychotherapy Center for Gender & Sexuality.
Trainings and Certifications:
- University of Buffalo, Trauma Foundation certificate program (specific courses include Trauma-informed Treatment; Trauma and Shame; Trauma, PTSD and Traumatic Grief)
- Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference (2010 - 2016); Mental Health Provider Track
- PESI, Working with High-Conflict Couples (2015)
- ICP, Creating Attunement in Our Relationships Through Awareness and Feedback Modalities: Integrating Bio-technology Techniques with Mental Health Counseling (2016)
- Adjunct faculty, Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service (2015-present)
- SIFI certified field instructor (2013)
- Peer reviewer for state and federal grant programs (2015-present)
- Candidate in ICP's Psychotherapy Center for Gender & Sexuality (3 year institute program)
- Reservist for the New York City Mental Health Reserve Corps since 2012.
Book Editor - Jacobson, Niemira, & Violeta (2019) Sex, Sexuality and Trans Identities: Clinical Guidance for Psychotherapists and Counselors. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Philadelphia, PA (IN PRESS)
- Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference, 2017 - Mental Health Provider Track
- Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy's 2016 Trans+Sexuality Symposium: Integration of Desire, Sexual Orientation, and Female Embodiment in a Transgender Woman Previously Diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder: A Case Report (conference paper)